This cake was created for an 85th birthday celebration for a man who had a jewelry business handcrafting bola ties and other locally inspired jewelry. They wanted a desert scene but no blue icing (grandpa doesn't believe that food should be colored blue) so we went with desert sunset colors of greens, reds, purples and golden yellows with moutains, saguaro cactus, rustic fences and even a small snake. The cake was topped with an 80 surrounded by a fondant replica of one of his favorite bola ties that he created.
This party was also celebrating an uncle's 50th birthday so we made chocolate dipped oreos topped with a cowboy hat and tied with raffia for a more rustic look.
Inspiration bola tie: